Stranger Than Fiction | Collective Arts Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
collectiveartsbrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stranger Than Fiction is a full-bodied porter with plenty of roast flavour with hints of molasses. Ridiculous amounts of chocolate and pale ale malts make this porter a smooth and creamy brew.

Added by Sammy on 07-01-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,140
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
228
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
59
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0
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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of madhungarian90
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Stamped canning date on can bottom is '31 OCT 2018'.
Dark brown colored body, with medium brown back lit highlights. Half a finger of light brown head, which leaves behind scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and molasses.
Taste is dark roasted malts with a little sweetness, but also a little char. The burst caramel/molasses flavor also mixes in. The chocolate is there too, both dark and milk.
Rather full mouth feel, which compares to a thin body when poured. Carbonation is shown in the replenished bubbles in the head and the slight effervescence in the mouth.
This is a porter that stays away from an end bitterness, and has a pleasant mix of dark roasts. The beer is a pleasurable sipper.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes of chocolate, sweet coffee, and caramel. I usually don't like porters, but this one managed to be light while at the same time decadent. One of my favorite dark beers.

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Photo of JoeAddona
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Little bit of caramel on the nose, in addition to chocolate notes. Really impressed with this beer, and will certainly buy again.

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Photo of ahogan877
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Collective Arts Brewing 'Stranger Than Fiction' @ 5.5% , served from a 473 ml can
A-pour is dark cola from the can to a near black in the glass with a medium tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-chocolate
T-mild chocolate malt , roasted coffee
MF-decent carbonation , medium body
Ov-just an ok porter
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Chasecrandell
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smb71481
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that quickly faded away, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cola are present in the nose along with notes of dark and roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of dark and chocolate malts with strong notes of roasted malts and hints of cola. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is slightly more roasted and maltier compared to other beers in the style but goes down easily and isn't that heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473ml can. A strong bodied porter with huge flavor.A cold rainy day here today and this Porter goes well with that.
A very good porter all in all.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a standard 473 ml Canadian pint can. It is an excellent porter -- rich, with slight bitterness and a nice hint of cocoa. After about 6 weeks in Canada, I'm finding the dark beer to be superior to the local IPA. This is not necessarily bad as winter is coming -- sleet yesterday and first freeze overnight.

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Photo of TheBubblegumkid
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours jet black with a medium tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit notes. Aroma - Sweet, smooth roasted coffee, dark chocolate notes, roasted malty middle, medium dry bitter finish. Well balanced between sweet n bitter porter.

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Photo of Fubudu187
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hanuswalrus
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 12/18/17. Drinked 6/7/18. Given to me by one of their reps.
Pours brown like cola and generates a khaki, light tan head. Bubbles are kinda big and head sticks around a bit and settles into a nice cap. Looks almost black in the glass with ruby edges.
Smell is mostly roasted malt with some coffee and toffee. Some bitter bakers chocolate in there, too. Smells really good.
Flavor is similar to the smell. All the roast, coffee, toffee and chocolate notes are following. Finish is just right for the style in my opinion. Dry, slightly bitter from the roasted malt and smooth. Really liking it.
Overall, one of the better Porters I've had in recent memory. Founders Porter is my favorite easy-to-find Porter, and this one is not far below it.

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Photo of DBosco
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Larryfunnell
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a lighter beer than I expected, with heavy notes of chocolate. A lower IBU than I have typically been drinking makes it a lighter tasting beer. Overall quite pleasant, and something I would not hesitate to share with others.

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Photo of janubio
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black colour, big head with long retention, good lace.
Aroma of chocolate, licorice, coffee, dark fruits.
Medium body, thick texture, good carbonation. Dry finish.
Taste of dried fruits, licorice, chocolate, pepper.
Good

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Photo of eberesford
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost black with a moderate tan coloured head that disperses a little too quickly. Aroma: caramel, dark chocolate. Flavour adds toast. Dense and filling

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Photo of sasamarinkovic89
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 16oz can, purchased in local store. Pours dark black with the rich brownish head. Roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate. Rich flavor, with little sweetness at the end. Label design is on whole new level, great job.

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Stranger Than Fiction from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 228 ratings